Galway City named second best area in Ireland for glass recycling

Galway City has been named the second best area in Ireland for glass recycling.

Figures released by Ireland’s largest recycling company, Rehab Glassco show that both the City and County are above the national average for recycling.

During the first 8 months of the year almost 1,200 tonnes of glass was collected in the City and nearly 2,300 tonnes was collected in the County for recycling.

The city’s busiest bottlebank and also the third busiest in the Country was the Western Distributor Road, with 240 tonnes collected.

While in the County, Oranmore Carpark was the busiest with almost 120 tonnes deposited.

Rehab Glassco Operations Manager, David Farrelly says the figures show that recycling has now become a part of people’s everyday routines.


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It is important that you recycle what you can not just your gadgets & electronical devices

Everyone in Ireland generates 37kg in plastic packaging waste annually — the equivalent weight of 80 rugby balls.

Ireland’s largest annual recycling awareness week took place last week and recycling organisation Repak says it wants everyone to play their part in recycling more plastic.

Every year, 169,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is generated in Ireland.

This amount constitutes 31% of total household waste, but just 36% of plastics are recycled.

However, research from Repak says Irish people believe it is good to be green.

More than half (55%) consider themselves very green generally.

Eight out of ten rate themselves good or excellent at recycling. Most (93%) feel guilty if they don’t recycle something.

One in three believe it is socially unacceptable not to recycle and three out of four would confront a friend or relative who put an incorrect item in the green bin.

Most people also want to get tough with those who don’t play by the green rules — 66% believe those who contaminate their green bin should be penalised.

Nine out of 10 said they recycle to help safeguard the environment and, similarly, 90% said they would support environmentally responsible brands.

But some people go too far in wanting to recycle everything — 2% said they recycled nappies.

People also attempted to recycle old razors (8%), soiled cotton buds (9%) and cotton pads (10%).

One in three people admitted not recycling all recyclable packaging — the most common reasons were a lack of knowledge about what materials are recyclable (36%); being in too much of a rush (32%) and not being bothered to rinse out empty containers (14%).

When it comes to “playing their part” in safeguarding the environment a huge 70% said they avoided buying over-packaged goods.

Most (72%) felt manufacturers and retailers should pay towards the recovery and recycling of packaging they supply.

The Repak chief executive, Seamus Clancy, said they wanted people to ensure they were recycling all recyclable materials rather than simply a high percentage.

Repak is a not-for-profit packaging recycling scheme funded by contributions from more than 2,120 participating member companies.

Since 1997 businesses in Ireland have invested over €350m through Repak in supporting packaging recycling in Ireland.

Over the last 18 years, over 8.5m tonnes of used packaging has been diverted from landfill — packaging recovery has grown from 15% in 1998 to 79% in 2014.

Repak pays over €64 for every tonne of packaging collected from the domestic sector.

Repak will host the inaugural Pakman awards on Thursday in Dublin.

The national awards will recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups, and individuals.


Donegal leads the way with recycling

Courtesy of Donegal Now

Figures published by glass recycling company, Rehab Glassco, show that people here in Donegal are recycling more glass than anywhere else in the country. The figures were released to mark Repak Recycling Week which runs from 19th to 25th October, and reveal that 57 glass bottle and jars were recycled per head of population in County Donegal during the first eight months of 2015. This figure is above the national average of 55 bottles and jars per person.

These statistics serve to illustrate that recycling has become common practice for Donegal householders. Between the 1st January and the 31st August, 2015, 1757 tonnes of glass were collected for recycling in Donegal, with Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny having the busiest recycling site in the county.

David Farrelly, Rehab Glassco Operations Manager said, “These figures show that we are maintaining the high levels of glass recycling that we have built up over the last 15-20 years. It shows that glass recycling is now a normal part of people’s household routine. There are challenges however, the most notable being the deterioration in quality due to members of the public putting non-glass items such as ceramics and pyrex ovenware in the bottle banks. We are one of the best countries in Europe for glass recycling, but to keep that status we need to continue to recycle while paying attention to what we put in the bins. We would like to ask the public to only put bottles and jars into the bottle banks, please.”

Seamus Clancy from Repak added that, “Irish consumers have consistently led the way in better recycling, and Rehab Glassco’s figures are gratifying and show how it continues to build on its success, year on year. It is proof that Rehab Glassco continues to lead the way when it comes to glass recycling and helps keep Ireland within the premium league in Europe in recycling.”